Train journey in Sri Lanka is a highlight for so many wonderful reasons. It is also popular as one of the most scenic train rides in the world!
The train system in Sri Lanka was started by the British in 1864 to transport their main products tea and Coffee to Colombo. The railway tracks in Sri Lanka uses are what the British have laid on then. The railway system is also old using traditional methods to manoeuvre with old and rustic carriages.
Peradeniya (near Kandy) to Ella Train journey is considered to be one of most picturesque train journeys in the world. We offere its best carriage by Expo Rail, to all our clients while your chauffeur transport the luggages to Ella and meet you at the station. #tropicalvacationsuk #srilankatrainjourney #srilankatrain #srilankatraintravel #kandytoellatrain
As it ascends to further up the highlands you will be slowly disconnected from the rest of the world taken away by the mesmerising greeny views of mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush green tea plantations. You will be greeted by the warm smiles of the children as you pass through the small villages and town centres. The colourful sight of the tea plucking ladies is indeed a refreshing sight to any.
Now with a private air-conditioned carriage operated by Expo Rail we book our clients the journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya or up to Ella which is the most scenic bit of the journey. Once you board the train either from Kandy or Nuwara Eliya thereafter, our guide will safely transport your luggages to the hotel and pick you up from the station.
We have travelled with Expo Rail for many times and booked our tickets from Kandy to Ella. The carriage is air conditioned, and it has comfortable seats. We were offered delicious meals and tea/coffee. The staff is pleasant, attentive and well presented. They also do have a TV fixed in the carriage, but who’d watch it at the sight of this soothing views. The best part of booking with Expo is their viewing deck. Most of our time in the journey and as well as others were spent on the viewing deck. Seats were mostly empty and went there only to have our meals.
The shaky carriages went pass through areas where you’ll be surrounded by its neatly planted tea clad mountains. The tea plucking ladies were scattered in the estates and some took time to wave at you. The train stations would look like as it is a scene from a movie in the 1950’s. It’s old British structures are still preserved as it is and kept well presented at most stations we passed by.
You also have the opportunity to catch the sight of few waterfalls including the famous St. Clair’s waterfall which is an amazing sight!
The journey through the Horton plains forest will remind you of a European forest with its giant oak trees and the pine trees in this mild weather. A fellow German traveller next to me agreed!
We travelled in mid-October and the temperature smoothly drops to about 18c when we reached close to Nuwara Eliya. In the hill country during Winter it could go down to 13C, which is quite a drop for a tropical island like Sri Lanka, where it is approx.28C in the rest of the island. It is also a good change when you are on a round tour discovering different parts of Sri Lanka to witness this magical isle.
One day this train carriages will change. The Sri Lankan Gov is on its early stages of planning to introduce electric trains. You will still enjoy the scenic views of this journey but the journey on this somewhat rustic, traditional train ride is something that you will remember for a lifetime.
- Our best choice is the first class carriage of Expo Railway for its quality.
- And the standard carriage of the usual air-conditioned carriage for better timings.
- The carriage shakes a lot! It shakes in random ways, so we wouldn’t recommend the train journey to the families with smaller children or to senior travellers.
- Wash room though it is clean yet very narrow.
- Please refrain using alcohol on-board or before getting on to the train for all good reasons.
- Where to stay in Ella
Where to stay in Ella
98 Acres is our best pick. Read our blog about the resort here.
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